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Michigan State University Research Associate-Fixed Term in East Lansing, Michigan

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff

Major Administrative Unit / College:College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources

Department:Packaging 10002634

Sub Area:FAS- Fac./Acad Staff

Salary:Salary Commensurate with Experience

Location: East Lansing

Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The School of Packaging (SoP) at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking a highly motivated research associate/postdoctoral researcher to evaluate packaging systems' environmental footprint and develop innovative new compostable polymeric composite. The researcher will be working on several research projects supervised by Dr. Rafael Auras, and the research work is highly trans-disciplinary. The candidate will require to conduct streamlined and full life cycle assessment (LCA) of packaging systems. The candidate will also work on developing compostable multilayer polymer structures and composites with high oxygen and water properties and assess their biodegradation. The projects are conducted in collaboration with industry partners and national labs. The candidate is expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, provide required lab training and occasional lectures. The position is initially as a one-year appointment with extension available depending on satisfactory performance and continued funding availability.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -material science and technology, packaging

Minimum Requirements

  • Expertise in streamlined or full life cycle assessment methodologies and the use of software to conduct LCA.

  • Expertise in polymer processing and characterization.

  • Expertise with advanced analytical techniques such as XRD, DSC, SEM, TEM, AFM, TGA, DMA, NMR, GPC, rheology, surface characterization, and vapor and gases barrier assessment.

  • Expertise in the determination of compostability of products according to the US and the European requirements.

  • Expertise in multivariate data analysis including statistical software such as JMP, SAS or Minitab, MatlabĀ®, and project management.

Exceptional work ethic and professionalism

Required Application Materials

1) a letter of interest detailing your qualifications for the position

2) a curriculum vitae

3) a list of three professional references with contact information (full names, institution, email address, phone number).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only individual selected for interview will be contacted by email.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

Special Instructions

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only individual selected for interview will be contacted by email.

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MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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